The recent fire incident at the Philippine General Hospital (PGH) forced government agencies to monitor other hospitals to avoid such accidents from happening again. 

Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said the DOH has already coordinated with the Deparment of the Interiorand Local Government and the Bureau of Fire Protection after the PGH, a major coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) referral center, was hit by fire early Sunday morning.

“[Magkakaroon] po ng monitoring across our hospitals because we know that fire incidents are highest during the summer season so ngayon po ating pinagtitibay para ma-prevent na po natin ‘yung mga further incidents like this,” she said in a briefing.

Due to the incident, the DOH accepted eight patients that needed to be transferred out of the PGH, said Vergeire. The DOH also provided the hospital with K95 and N95 masks.

The PGH will resume accepting Covid-19 patients on Tuesday, May 18, after making the necessary adjustments, according to PGH Director Dr. Gerardo Legaspi.

An estimate of at least P50 million worth of equipment was damaged by the fire, he added.

Donors may donate through PGH’s bank accounts or call at 155-200 for more details. Ronald dela Cruz